Lauren Shaw, Professor, Emerson College, Visual and Media Arts. (Click here for Bio)
I have known Phounam Pin since 2010, and have watched her become the determined and remarkable young woman she is today. She became a very successful circus artist against extreme poverty, hardships and challenges. I directed and produced the documentary Angkor’s Children about he power of art to heal a nation after genocide, told through the voices of three young women. Phounam is one of those young women. Her charisma extends beyond the performer on the stage, and her magnetism, tenacity, and ambition is apparent from the moment you meet her. Her dream is to complete a college education in the United States so that she can use her education toward becoming a leader in her country when she returns to Cambodia. I know that investing in Phounam’s future is contributing to the future of young Cambodians who need the leadership of someone like Phounam.
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